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May 17, 2011
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented in today's NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition announcement with all 12 member institutions having at least one team recognized for being in the top 10 percent of all squads in their sport.
A total of 61 league teams earned recognition across 27 sports and the ACC was one of only three BCS automatic-qualifying leagues to have every member institution earn at least one Public Recognition Award. In addition, the ACC was the only BCS automatic-qualifying conference to have three football programs earn awards.
"Our schools have once again exemplified the ACC's commitment to the balance of academics and athletics," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "I applaud the dedication our student-athletes, coaches and administrators have demonstrated in continuing the long-standing tradition of excellence that defines the Atlantic Coast Conference."
The NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards are released annually as part of the Division I academic reform effort. The awards highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. To receive an award, a team must score in the top 10 percent in their sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. The current award winners include APRs based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Full APR scores for all teams will be released on May 24.